Pay attention, 007 – or aspiring 007s, at any rate. The new Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition is exactly what it sounds like: a special edition car that fully embraces the brand’s long association with the world’s least covert secret agent.
That association goes back a full 50 years, and continues in the latest movie, Spectre. While you’ll not be able to buy Bond’s DB10 from the film, the DB9 GT Bond Edition is perhaps the next best thing.
Just 150 examples will be made, and Australian buyers can likely expect it to cost in excess of the $368,500 to be commanded by the forthcoming DB9 GT coupe. That won’t get you machine guns, ejector seats or smokescreen dispensers, but it will get you a unique paint finish – appropriately dubbed Spectre Silver – as well as sterling silver Aston Martin badges at the front and rear, and subtle ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging.
The DB9 GT’s standard equipment is also carried over, meaning 20in gloss black diamond-turned alloy wheels, bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille, a carbonfibre front splitter and rear diffuser, and grey brake calipers.
Inside, the Bond-related touches continue – most notably, in the 007 gun barrel logo embroidered onto the divider between the rear seats. Side sills tout 007 numbered plaques, and the DB9’s infotainment system now has a Bond Edition start-up screen. The satin carbonfibre centre console trim, fluted leather and Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel are all regular DB9 GT embellishments.
Joining these features is a wide range of accessories to further the Bond experience, from a limited-edition Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra timepiece – complete with an Aston Martin strap – to a 21-inch Globe-Trotter trolley case with an embossed leather luggage tag.
What hasn’t changed – and arguably didn’t need to – is Aston Martin’s 5935cc, 402kW V12 engine. Peak power is developed at 6750rpm, while the 620Nm torque peak is achieved at 5500rpm. Twisting force is channeled through a Touchtronic II six-speed automatic transmission, for a 4.5-second 0-100km/h time and 295km/h top speed.
Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, suggests the model will become a collector’s item, adding “I’m sure the 150 owners worldwide who succeed in acquiring one of these exceptional sports cars will, like the rest of us, delight in seeing Spectre when it is released later this year.”